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Enhanced Hong Kong Office

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 2, 2015 – MIQ Logistics announces the opening of its new, enhanced regional and local combined office in Hong Kong. Located at Kwun Tong Harbour Plaza, Kowloon, the new facility has twice the square footage of the prior facility.

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Economic Update – May 2015

“April’s sharp increase in the LEI seems to have helped stabilize its slowing trend, suggesting the paltry economic growth in the first quarter may be temporary,” said Ataman Ozyildirim, Economist at The Conference Board. “However, the growth of the LEI does not support a significant strengthening in the economic outlook at this time. The improvement in building permits helped to drive the index up this month, but gains in other components, in particular the financial indicators, have been somewhat more muted.”

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May 2015 Manufacturing ISM Report on Business

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  • 50 (red line below) represents the dividing line between expansion and contraction for the index of the below chart; which covers the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) and new orders.
  • The PMI reading registered 52.8% in May, which is an increase of 1.3% from April ’15.
  • New Orders Index registered 55.8% in May, which is an increase of 2.3% from April ‘15.

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March 2015 North American Freight Numbers

Department of Transportation

U.S.-NAFTA freight totaled $96.1 billion in March 2015 as three out of five transportation modes – air, rail, and truck – carried more U.S.-NAFTA freight than in March 2014, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)

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Labor peace finally arrives for West Coast ports

Logistics Management

Labor peace has finally officially for West Coast ports. Following the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) signing off on ratifying a new five-year contract with the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) on May 20, the ILWU followed suite on May 22, saying that 82 percent of its longshore worker members voted to ratify the tentative contract agreement between the parties that was reached on February 22.

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MIQ Supply Chain Alert

ILWU & PMA Ratify Five-Year Contract

After nearly 11 months, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) have announced a ratification of a new five-year contract.

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West Coast Longshore workers overwhelmingly vote to approve new 5-year waterfront contract by 82%

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)

West Coast Longshore workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a tentative contract agreement reached in February with employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted 82% in favor of approving the new 5-year agreement that will expire on July 1, 2019. The previous contract was ratified in 2008 with a vote of 75% in favor.

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Pacific Maritime Association membership signs off on new contract with ILWU

Logistics Management

While the dust continues to settle at West Coast ports after a nine-month labor dispute that saw the two main parties involved–the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union–reach a tentative labor agreement on February 22, the PMA said yesterday that its members voted to ratify a new contract with the ILWU.

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ATA Truck Tonnage Index Fell 3% in April

American Trucking Associations

American Trucking Associations’ advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index fell 3% in April, following a revised gain of 0.4% during the previous month. In April, the index equaled 128.6 (2000=100), which was the lowest level since April 2014. The all-time high is 135.8, reached in January 2015.

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April cargo volumes are mixed at Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach

Logistics Management

While cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) and the Port of Long Beach (POLB) went in different directions in April, one thing they had in common was that they each are working through the backlog caused by the nine-month West Coast port labor dispute between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore & Warehouse Union that reached a tentative agreement in late February.

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